Set just after the American civil war, businessman and inventor Victor Barbicane invents a new source of power called Power X. He plans to use it to power rockets, and to show its potential he plans to send a projectile to the moon. Joining him for the trip are his assistant Ben Sharpe, Barbicane's arch-rival Stuyvesant Nicholl, and Nicholl's daughter Virginia. Nicholl believes that Power X goes against the will of God and sabotages the projectile so that they cannot return to earth, setting up a suspenseful finale as they battle to repair the projectile.
The Amazing Story of the Boldest Adventure Dared by Man!
Did You Know?
This went into production as RKO was preparing to shut down. It was believed to have had a much larger budget which was later cut. This greatly affected the quality of the special effects. See more
When Barbicane and Ben are calling Nicholl before boarding the spaceship, an insert shot of Nicholl supposedly looking at them from the ship's exterior entry is actually an insert of an interior shot seen later in the film (when Nicholl is watching the other two after the gyro malfunctions). See more
You know, whenever I see you, I get the feeling that Barbicane is up to no good.
Opening credits are on the pages of a book, with the leads' photos included above the name. See more
Referenced in Trumbo
from Forbidden Planet (1956)
composed by Bebe Barron
and Louis Barron
heard during the scenes on board the rocket See more